For many years astronomers have been recording unexplained signals known as “fast radio bursts” emanating from far corners of space. The mystery throughout this time was not only the origin of the “space radio station”, but also the direction from which the program came. One of these mysteries was solved by an Australian scientist - according to them, this discovery will allow not only to find out what is between the galaxies, but also to make a more complete map of the universe.
According to the publication New Scientist, the discovery was made using the powerful radio telescope ASKAP, which helped astronomers accurately determine the direction and measure the distance to the source of a single radio burst. A team of researchers has developed a method of "freezing" the data for subsequent analysis after the attenuation of the signal.
“If we stood on the moon and looked at the Earth with such precision, we could tell not only from which city the signal came, but also from which zip code and even from which city block,” said lead study author Keith Bannister.
The source of the signal, according to the results of the decoding of the telescope data, is 13 thousand light years from the center of the galaxy DES J214425.25−405400.81, which, judging by the observations, is of the massive lens-like or spiral type. Astronomers noted that the signal code number FRB 180924 was the only surge that came from this area. The reason for its occurrence is unknown - it is expected that scientists will come closer to understanding the nature of "space radio" as further research proceeds.